Genetic Conflicts in Human Pregnancy
David Haig

One would expect pregnancy, a process so essential to reproductive success, to be an immensely efficient event. However, we all know that many women have problems during those nine months, such as swelling of the legs or a tendency to varicose veins. Why should this be so? If natural selection is so efficient at producing wonderful cases of adaptation, why do women have so many problems during pregnancy? In this lecture, held at the London School of Economics and Political Science, David Haig, associate professor of genetics at Harvard University, explores the phenomenon of genetic conflict in human pregnancy: the process whereby the genes of the foetus are in conflict with the mother.

David Haig discusses genetic conflicts in human pregnancy.



This feature is taken from a lecture delivered at the London School of Economics and Political Science on January 22, 1998. Copyright The London School of Economics and Political Science.